10 Creepy Ideas for Halloween Yard Decorations

It’s October, which means it’s time to put up your Halloween decor. Those that are blessed with a sizable backyard will have a lot of room to play with when it comes to enhancing the eerie atmosphere of their property. You can save money by making your own Halloween decorations, which is half the joy of the holiday anyway, so don’t let this extra space put you off decorating for the holiday. These spooky yard decorations may be a fun activity for kids to help them get into the Halloween mood, and you don’t even need to be a creative genius to make them.

1. Floating Ghosts

10 Creepy Ideas for Halloween Yard Decorations
Practically Functional

What you’ll need:

  • Foam balls
  • Lightweight white cotton fabric (about 1 square yard per ghost)
  • Black paper
  • Scissors
  • Dowels or garden stakes
  • Spray adhesive

How they’re made:

Cut your fabric into squares as a first step. When you put the fabric over the foam ball, it should hang well past the ball to make the ghost’s body. For each ghost’s eyes, cut two small ovals out of black construction paper. Put the dowel at least 3′′-4′′ into the foam ball. Spray glue on the top of each foam ball, place the fabric square on top of the ball and press down on the glue at the top.
Plant the ghosts in your yard. Make sure the dowel or garden stake goes at least 6 inches into the ground to help keep the ghosts stable even if it rains or blows.

2. Graves Lit by Soda Can Lights

10 Creepy Ideas for Halloween Yard Decorations
Celtic Mommy

What you’ll need:

  • A can of flat black spray paint
  • Clear holiday lights, size C9
  • Clean soda cans
  • A utility knife
  • An unibit  for your drill, 3/16 to 7/8″

How to make them:

Drill a hole in the bottom of each soda can to make a circle. With your utility knife, cut the tops off the soda cans right where they start to narrow (the edges will be sharp, so lightly bend them inward if you wish.) Spray the soda cans with the flat black paint and let them dry for 1 to 2 hours.
If the things you want to show off are already set up, bring the lights and soda cans to your display and figure out how far apart they should be. Remove the bulbs from their places. Put the soda can over the hole, then put the bulb back in. The hole is big enough that they can’s metal won’t touch any metal on the lights. Set up the lights and test them.

3. Sleepy Hollow Scarecrow

10 Creepy Ideas for Halloween Yard Decorations
Civ’s Legend of Sleepy Hollow

What you’ll need:

  • Metal post
  • PVC pipe
  • Pumpkin
  • Black cloth
  • Black and brown paint
  • Sticks and straw

How to make them:

Paint the PVC pipe to look like rotten wood and use sticks to make the ribs, arms, and legs. Use straw as a decoration. Drive the metal post into the ground, then slide the whole prop over the post.
Carve a jack-o’-lantern face into a pumpkin and put it on top of a stake. Cover with black fabric.

4. Drunk Witch

10 Creepy Ideas for Halloween Yard Decorations

What you’ll need:

  • Witch’s costume (hat, cape, stockings, boots)
  • Broom
  • Prop arms and legs

How to make it:Dress arms and legs in a witch’s costume. Attach to the tree. Attach the hat and cape to the tree. Cut broom to length and insert under the cape.

5. Crime Scene

10 Creepy Ideas for Halloween Yard Decorations
Popular Mechanics

What you’ll need:

  • Fake crime scene tape
  • Stakes
  • Soil
  • Fake blood
  • Plastic skeleton

How to make it:

  1. Lay plastic skeleton on ground and partially cover with soil.
  2. Splatter fake blood around.
  3. Hammer a stake into each corner of your crime scene.
  4. Drape ‘Crime Scene’ tape around stakes.

6. Pumpkin Victim

10 Creepy Ideas for Halloween Yard Decorations
Extreme Pumpkins

What you’ll need:

  • Large pumpkin
  • Old clothing
  • Newspaper or straw
  • Hatchet
  • Plastic hand

How to make it:

  1. Carve pumpkin into vicious-looking jack-o’-lantern.
  2. Stuff clothing with newspaper or straw and lay out so the neck of the shirt is in the mouth of the jack-o’-lantern.
  3. Place the hatchet in the plastic hand in the sleeve near the pumpkin to give the impression that the victim tried to defend himself.

7. Bats!

10 Creepy Ideas for Halloween Yard Decorations

What you’ll need:

  • Black craft foam
  • Fishing line
  • Scissors or craft knife
  • Fake eyes
  • Holepunch

How to make them:

  1. Trace outline of bat onto craft foam and cut out.
  2. Stick eyes to bat.
  3. Punch hole in bat.
  4. Tie bats to trees with fishing line.

8. Glass Jar Lights

10 Creepy Ideas for Halloween Yard Decorations
Kid’s Kubby

What you’ll need:

  • Glass jars
  • Acrylic paint
  • Sponge
  • Paintbrush
  • Black Sharpie

How to make them:

  1. Paint base coat inside jars with sponge and wait for it to dry.
  2. Once it has dried, add details to the outside with either a Sharpie or paint.
  3. Insert a tea-light candle or you can use a string of lights to illuminate multiple jars.

9. Halloween Doormat

10 Creepy Ideas for Halloween Yard Decorations

What you’ll need:

  • Plain doormat
  • Adhesive stencil film
  • Multi-purpose heat tool or X-ACTO knife
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Stencil brush

How to make it:

  1. Print out “BOO” letters. Place adhesive stencil paper on top of each letter and cut around the letter using an X-ACTO knife or multipurpose heat tool to create a stencil.
  2. Peal adhesive backing off of the stencils and adhere to the doormat.
  3.  Use a stencil brush to add two to three coats of paint. Allow to dry before peeling off stencils.

10. Spider Egg Sacks

10 Creepy Ideas for Halloween Yard Decorations
Fun Holiday Crafts

What you’ll need:

  • Small glow-sticks
  • Balloons
  • Stockings

How to make them:

  1. Put small glowsticks in balloons.
  2. Fill the balloons with water.
  3. Slide the balloons into stockings and hang them from your trees.

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